So It Begins
16th Dec 2014 Posted in: Blog , Community , Events , Featured , Fun , Race Reports , Training Comments Off

For racers looking to peak mid-season, there’s no real need to be following a training plan in early December but for those looking to do well in early season races, now is the time to ramp up the miles. I’ve chosen Tour of the Battenkill as an “A” race so I will be hyper-focused on […]

Gripped Racing hosts beginner clinic at Schaeffer Farms
13th Nov 2014 Posted in: Blog , Community , Events , Featured , Fun Comments Off

We feel the future of mountain biking lies in attracting more people to the sport so last weekend we held the first of a series of free beginner clinics. It was a gorgeous day and around 30 people turned up to ride trails and work on their skills. Thanks to all our sponsors, namely Lindsay […]

2014 DCCX Cyclocross Race - Rob Russell
4th Nov 2014 Posted in: Blog , Events , Featured , Race Reports , Uncategorized Comments Off

It was a glorious day at DCCX with cool temps, bright sunshine, a great crowd, and cold beer waiting at the finish.  I was really looking forward to this race because I rolled a tubeless tire on an off-camber rooted turn last year.  I wasn’t going to make the same mistake twice so I got […]

Moco Epic 2014
22nd Oct 2014 Posted in: Blog , Community , Events , Featured , Race Reports Comments Off

On a crisp, October morning not long ago 5 guys from Gripped Racing rose early and made their way to Schaeffer Farm in Maryland. It was an early start but well worth the effort. Assembled were Tim Abbott, Jason Harris, Alex Manente, myself and doing a shorter loop with later start time Erik Thomas. After […]

More Than Just Racing
2nd Oct 2014 Posted in: Blog , Community , Events , Featured , Fun Comments Off

We ride a lot. We also run, kayak, hike and walk around our neighborhoods here in Northern Virginia. Giving back to the community we live in is a big part of being on this team so Gripped Racing decided it was time to adopt a section of road and maintain it through the Adopt A […]

Matt Lee tackles the Shenandoah 100, or did it tackle him?
1st Oct 2014 Posted in: Blog , Events , Race Reports , Uncategorized Comments Off

I’ve done a couple 100 mile mountain bike races before (Fool’s Gold 100 in GA). I’ve done races with over 10,000 feet of climbing several times (once already this season) and after a solid summer of racing I was feeling pretty good about my chances at Shenandoah so I set a goal time of under […]

Summer 2014 - That's A Wrap!
10th Sep 2014 Posted in: Blog , Fun , Race Reports , Uncategorized Comments Off

After a particularly harsh Winter the Summer of 2014 seems to have gone even faster than normal. Here’s a quick recap of our FAT summer. Amidst the hoopla JB was at the People for Bikes booth helping get e-mails for the cycling cause. If you want your voice included when People for Bikes talk to […]

2014 Off Road Assualt on Mount Mitchell - Matt Lee
7th Sep 2014 Posted in: Blog , Events , Featured , Race Reports Comments Off

The Off-Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell (or ORAMM for short) in Old Fort, NC has been my A race all season, the one I had circled on my calender since February, the one I spent all those cold winter days training for. Mile for mile one of the toughest races I’ve ever done, it is […]

3rd Sep 2014 Posted in: Blog , Fun Comments Off

My family and I had the opportunity to escape from the heat and humidity of DC this summer for 6 weeks.  We decided to find a western mountain destination that offered family-friendly activities and world-class cycling.  After considering Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, we settled on Park City and the Wasatch mountains because of the proximity […]

Bike To The Beach 2014
3rd Aug 2014 Posted in: Blog , Race Reports Comments Off

We didn’t have to stage until 4:00 am, but, when I woke up at 2:00 am, I knew I should just get up. When you’re excited for an event, sleep is kind of a waste of time. Best to just get the coffee flowing. By 3:45 am when Jay Westcott pulled in from his 3-hour […]

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